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Iran’s nuke ambitions confirmed: Former president reveals meetings with Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Special to Iran has long intended to attain nuclear weapons capability, going so far as to enlist the help of rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said. In an interview with state-run […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Pakistan, China move quickly on economic corridor from Gwadar port over India’s objections

No problem, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif assured China's visiting Vice Minister of Ministry of State Security Dong Haizhou. / ISPR

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif on June 10, 2015, assured the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that there would be no hurdles in the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor […]

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Report: Saudis may buy nukes from Pakistan to answer Iran deal


Special to By Backgrounder, Saudi Arabia intends to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan in response to Iran’s nuclear arrangement, according to a U.S. official. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House […]

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Fatwa by Pakistan religious leaders brands suicide attacks un-Islamic

The Pakistani religious leaders announced that May 22 would be observed as a “Day of Peace and Love” against terrorism and extremism.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Some 200 religious scholars have issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against suicide attacks. The decree, issued at a conference in the eastern city of Lahore on May 17, described such […]

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How the U.S. special relationship with Pakistan lost out to China’s strategic ‘silk road’

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to by Harlan Ullman The visit of China’s President Xi Jing Ping to Islamabad and the promised commitment of some $45 billion to develop a new “silk road” through Pakistan could be a stunning geopolitical as well as […]

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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

The Vatican.

Special to Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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